The Old Man And The Sea Essay

1320 Words Oct 2nd, 2015 6 Pages
Santiago’s Sacred Struggle
Many know the story of Jesus of Nazareth and are able to confirm the historical figure whether they believe in him or not. The holy story can be divided and interpreted to explain Christ 's struggle, death and resurrection for the sake of mankind. Many see the modern-day allusion to Christ’s story in Ernest Hemingway 's The Old Man and the Sea. When compared side-by-side, these plot situations may help the reader see beyond the text on the page and visualize and comprehend the spiritual story easier. In Ernest Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea the protagonist Santiago can be seen as a Christ-like figure who struggles through his 40 days of trial, crucifixion’s pain to the hands, betrayal by his Judas, an unexpected bounty of food, necessary self-sacrifice, and the completion of Eucharist,
Santiago’s 84 days of trial began with 40 of them being with Manolin and then became another 44 days alone when the boy 's parents made him leave. Santiago is an elderly fisherman who has taught a young boy named Manolin since he was a boy, and now he has gone 84 days without catching a fish. The novella 's opening establishes the Santiago and Manolin devoted friendship but, “The boy had gone at their orders in another boat which caught three good fish the first week.”(Hemmingway 9) But Manolin 's parents forced him to leave Santiago and start working on a "lucky boat”(Hemingway, 10). Even so, at the end of every day, Manolin still helps Santiago…

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